Low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction is effective for managing lateral elbow tendinopathy: a randomized, sham-controlled trial

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Key Points

  1. Blood flow restriction training was superior to sham blood flow restriction (BFR) training in treatment of lateral elbow tendinopathy.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Resistance training is often prescribed as a treatment for lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET). Research has shown that the benefits of resistance training for LET are minimal, but there has been no research on low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction (BFR).

This study analyzed the effects of BFR training on LET compared to a sham intervention.

Resistance training is often prescribed as a treatment for lateral elbow tendinopathy.
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Blood flow restriction training could be an effective intervention in lateral elbow tendinopathy when other forms of loading are contraindicated or too painful.

METHODS

  • 46 patients with LET were randomly assigned to the BFR treatment group or a sham-BFR treatment group. The BFR group did exercises with 40-50% complete arterial occlusion pressure, while the sham group performed the same exercises with only 20% pressure.
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